Putin says Turkish Stream requires elaboration

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Baku, November 13, AZERTAC

Turkish Stream natural gas pipeline project is not slowing down and goes in line with Russia’s and Turkey’s interests but it requires elaboration, Russian President Vladimir Putin said in an interview with Interfax and Anadolu news agencies.

"I cannot agree with your opinion that the TurkStream is slowing down. Such a large-scale project cannot be developed and agreed overnight," the president said, adding that "there are many legal, technical and economic, technological and organizational issues - including the number of the pipeline strings taking into account the actual need in gas acquisition and pumping volumes - which we have to decide together with our Turkish colleagues."

"The better we resolve these issues, the faster and with fewer risks and resources we will be able to implement our plans and ensure an uninterrupted delivery of Russian gas directly to Turkish consumers. The main thing is that this project is fully in the interests of both Russia and Turkey. We are one on this with my Turkish colleague Recep Tayyip Erdogan," Putin said.

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